Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (119)

John Deasy

Question:

231 Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if embassies and consulates which facilitate persons wishing to obtain holiday visas to Ireland will be properly advised on the necessary documentation required in order to allow their application; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a number of visa applications are refused and later granted an appeal due to a lack of information submitted in an application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2546/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Foreign)

Our embassies and consulates abroad facilitate the issuing of holiday visas by accepting visa applications on behalf of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform which has responsibility for all immigration matters.

All holiday visa applications submitted to our embassies and consulates are forwarded to the visa office in Dublin and subsequently forwarded to the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform examines the application and indicates to the visa office its decision. The visa office then informs the relevant embassy or consulate of the decision and the embassy or consulate, in turn, informs the applicant.

The documentation requested by our missions is consistent with the documentation which the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform has indicated is required. In some cases, applications are submitted without all of the necessary supporting documentation. In other cases, the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform requests additional documentation before it decides on the application.

If a visa application is refused by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, the applicant may appeal the decision to that Department. My Department has no function in the appeals process. In cases where additional documentation is required, it is up to the applicant to submit it directly to the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.